November 7, 2012

Food and Dining Dispatches


Seafood dinner benefits marine research center

A local seafood tasting dinner will be held Friday to benefit the Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

"Fish It Forward: A Gastronomical Tour of Gulf of Maine Seafood" will be held at Tao, 22 Pleasant St. The six-course dinner will feature seafood harvested from the Gulf of Maine, including oysters, a smoked mackerel salad, pan-seared scallops, green curry Bangs Island mussels and butter-poached lobster tail.

There will be two seatings, one at 5:30 p.m. and one at 8 p.m., and space is limited to 40 diners per seating. The cost is $80 per person, or $120 with wine pairings. Reservations must be made before Friday.

For the full menu or to order tickets, go to


Maine restaurants sign on for New Hampshire event

It's time for Restaurant Week again, only this time it's restaurants in Portsmouth, N.H., and the seacoast area that are hosting.

Dining along the Maine-New Hampshire border is a two-way proposition. Mainers often cross the bridge to check out what's happening in Portsmouth, and New Hampshire residents venture north to see what Maine restaurants have to offer.

This year, there are four Maine restaurants participating in Portsmouth's Nov. 8-17 Restaurant Week: Anneke Jans, Black Birch and Tulsi in Kittery and the Stage Neck Inn in York.

In all, 49 restaurants in the seacoast area have signed on to participate. They'll be offering three-course lunches for $16.95 and three-course dinners for $29.95. To see a full list of restaurants and what they'll have on their menus, go to


Gritty's/Fish Bones meal to benefit Heart Association

Gritty's and Fish Bones American Grill will host a tasting for the American Heart Association at 6 p.m. Nov. 15.

The event will feature a five-course meal paired with Gritty's ales. Courses will include a barley-crusted fish taco, stuffed pork medallions and marinated Angus sirloin.

For reservations, go to or call 333-3663.


Petite Jacqueline observes celebration of Beaujolais

Petite Jacqueline will hold a celebration in honor of Beaujolais Nouveau, the traditional French celebration of the Beaujolais villages, on Nov. 15 at the 190 State St. restaurant.

The evening will feature a four-course tasting menu with wine pairings, and each table will receive a complimentary bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau. The restaurant will also be offering specialty cocktails as well as its full beer and wine menus. The regular food menu will not be available, so the chef can concentrate on the tasting menu.

The dinner costs $55 per person, and reservations are strongly recommended. For more information, call 553-7044 or email 

Rosemont Market events spotlight pies and wines

Rosemont Markets will be holding a couple of special events this weekend.

At 4 p.m. Friday at the market at 580 Brighton Ave., Ned Swain of Devenish Wines will host a free wine tasting with Warren Fraser, an importer of small, family-run wineries in Italy and France. According to Swain, Fraser first worked for Mario Batali, then T. Edward wines, building their Italian portfolio, before striking out on his own.

On Saturday at the Brighton Avenue store and Rosemont Yarmouth, located at 96 Main St., there will be free pie tastings. Pies to be sampled include pumpkin, bourbon pecan, apple and blueberry. 

Grace, Foreside Tavern host benefit for Sandy victims

The restaurant Grace is having a benefit for victims of Superstorm Sandy during dinner service on Thursday.

For every person who has dinner at the restaurant that night, Grace will donate $5 to the Red Cross. The Foreside Tavern in Falmouth, also owned by the owners of Grace, will be donating $1 for every person who has dinner there the same night.

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